ECE Faculty, Staff Celebrate the Retirement of Professors Ruane and Skinner

in Faculty, News-CE, News-EP, News-ISS, Recognition, Senior Design
March 28th, 2011

Photo by Vernon Doucette for Boston University Photography.

On March 21, more than 100 faculty members, friends and family gathered at a retirement party for Professors Michael Ruane (left) and Thomas Skinner. Photo by Vernon Doucette for Boston University Photography.

Professors Michael Ruane and Thomas Skinner had worked more than 50 years combined in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at Boston University before deciding to retire last year.

On Monday, March 21, more than 100 faculty members, friends and family gathered at a retirement party in the Photonics Building to send Ruane and Skinner on their way and celebrate all that they had achieved.

View photos from the event.

Over dinner, both Professor David Castañón, ad interim chair of the ECE Department, and Kenneth R. Lutchen, dean of the College of Engineering, looked back on Ruane’s and Skinner’s years at the College. Professor Malvin Teich also read remarks from Professor Bahaa Saleh, former ECE Department Chair, before Professor Mark Horenstein led the Asynchronous Processors – a singing group made up of ECE faculty and staff – in a tribute for the retirees.

Throughout his time at BU, Ruane was known for his dedication toward students. He was responsible for organizing the Senior Design Project and ECE Day, one of the department’s most recognized events.

Ruane was also the inaugural faculty director of outreach for the College of Engineering. He received the College’s Faculty Service Award in 1991, the ECE Outstanding Teacher Award in 1999, the American Society of Engineering Education’s New England Region Outstanding Professor Award in 2004, and the ECE Faculty Service Award in 2010.

Skinner, whose research interests included microprocessors, computer networks, operating systems, and distributed systems, had also been awarded for his work over the years. In 2003, he received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award, and in 1997, he was awarded the College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching.

-Rachel Harrington (rachelah@bu.edu)